Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) commenced in September 2013.
Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) commenced in September 2013.

Results are in on Operation Sovereign Borders

OPERATION Sovereign Borders has stopped more than 3300 asylum seekers reaching Australia by turning back 33 boats and thwarting almost 80 people-smuggling journeys in just five years.

More than 800 asylum seekers were aboard the 33 boats Border Force officials have stopped at sea and turned back since September 2013, new data obtained by The Australian shows.

A further 2525 people at least have been prevented from boarding boats to Australia in the first place, thanks to joint efforts to disrupt the people-smuggling trade with neighbouring countries.

Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) commenced in September 2013 and has stopped thousands of asylum seekers.
Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) commenced in September 2013 and has stopped thousands of asylum seekers.

It has meant the disruption of 78 people-smuggling operations, The Australian reports.

The new data comes as pressure mounts on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to remove sick children and families from the offshore processing centre on Nauru.

Mr Morrison yesterday rejected Labor's offer to back legislation that would implement a "lifetime ban" on asylum seekers entering Australia if they attempted to come by boat, which would have allowed a "back door" into Australia via New Zealand to be closed.

It would have allowed the Australian Government to accept New Zealand's offer to resettle 150 refugees a year, allowing the government to remove asylum seekers from Nauru and Manus Island.

Mr Morrison accused Labor of grandstanding and "horsetrading" on border protection policies to capitalise on the "domestic politics" of getting refugee children off Nauru.

He revealed he was working on a different action plan to get children off Nauru with crossbench MPs, who are in a position of power to demand action on refugees if independent Kerryn Phelps wins the seat of Wentworth and the government loses its one-seat majority.

Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton with Commander of Operation Sovereign Borders Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Osborne. Picture: Kym Smith
Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton with Commander of Operation Sovereign Borders Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Osborne. Picture: Kym Smith

"I'm committed to ensuring we can deal with this challenge in terms of the situation with the children and I'm open to every sensible proposal," Mr Morrison told reporters in Parliament yesterday.

Most asylum seeker operations were being planned in Indonesia, data obtained by The Australian reveals.

Fifty two out of the 78 people-smuggling operations busted with the help of Australian authorities were being planned in Indonesia, compared to 15 in Sri Lanka, 10 in Malaysia and one in Pakistan.

A total of 614 ­people-smuggling arrests have been made overseas in the past five years as a result of the 78 operations being busted, including 489 arrests in Sri Lanka, 66 in Indonesia, 48 in Malay­sia and five in both Pakistan and Thailand.

Three men were convicted of people-smuggling in Indonesia just last month for attempting to smuggle six Bangladeshi asylum-seekers to Australia as fake ­Rohingya refugees in November 2017.



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